St John Bread and Wine takes the food at the legendary St John restaurant in Farringdon, and transfers it into an informal canteen-style dining room close to Spitalfields Market. The British food here is, as ever, excellent. The menu changes all the time, but literally everything is good, whether you’re a fan of nose-to-tail cooking or not. Don’t miss the freshly baked madeleines for afters, and you can grab their fantastic donuts to take away as well. It’s a good place for a casual small group dinner, or for long overdue catch ups, and they also serve what is arguably the best bacon sarnie in all of London.
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Red Rooster is a NYC-based restaurant now in Shoreditch, with a variety of Southern-style American food on the menu and a live band playing daily.
Hawksmoor Spitalfields was one of the first steakhouses in town, and it’s still one of the best. Finishing with toffee pudding is mandatory.
Viet Grill is a fun place for solid Vietnamese food in Shoreditch. Come for a group dinner before a night out.
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Frog by Adam Handling
This restaurant in Covent Garden is the second location of The Frog, and the food is excellent.
The Canton Arms is a lovely gastropub in Lambeth that still feels like an old school boozer. Come for a drink and stay for a toastie, or more.
Blixen isn’t the best food in Spitalfields, but it’s where you go for a simple, crowd-pleasing group dinner or brunch.
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